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# 207893 18-Jan-2017 15:07
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I've seen an older thread about importing cars from Japan (via IBC) and as I'm now in the process of replacing our run-about, thought I'd give it a shot. Those older threads didn't really offer much info and are about a year old so thought I'd start a new thread.


On the IBC site there's an estimated CIF (Cost / Insurance / Freight) price but what additional costs should I expect once the car lands in NZ? I'm guessing registration for a start, but is there anything else? Looking at Carwebs the costs to bring a car over seem really high, given I'm only wanting to spend ~5k on a car.





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  # 1705562 19-Jan-2017 02:06
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Check it has the right emissions codes to be allowed on the road in NZ. And I would only import Japan new cars. Have heard of some cases of used cars being exported from Europe to Japan. Odometer wound back and even a case where the year of manufacture was misrepresented. Then registered in Japan. So all Japanese paperwork checks out.


Turns out the process to register a used import in Japan is open for abuse. and


I am aware of different case but can't say anything else as it is subject to legal action.

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